Maksim BalakhovskiiCameraCanon EOS 5D Mark IIILensEF 24-70mm f/2.8L USMISO100F-Stop11.0Shutter Speed1/640About the shotI’ve been working in Greenland as a heliguide since 2005. This is one of the most beautiful places where our company Helipro organizes heliskiing programs. It’s a land of open water, fjords, huge icebergs, icecaps and of course the local Inuits. Seeing these icebergs all the time, I dreamed about shooting somebody riding on one. On May 2014 we got the chance to organize it. We invited our old friend Gigi Rüf, who had already joined us on different trips to Chile and Patagonia.For a few days we went scouting, searching for the right iceberg. It had to be solid, big, and even better if it was wedged on the sea floor. Finally we found one, pretty close to the island where we were staying. Our heli pilot said that he could bring us close to this iceberg, but he was afraid to land on it. So we organized a boat from the closest Inuit village, Kulusuk. We tried to find access to the iceberg with the boat, but it was impossible with all the ice in the bay. We checked with the pilot again and he agreed to try. First I shot from the closest island, but I didn’t like the angle, so I jumped in the heli and asked if Gigi could do a couple more tries. He wore a life vest under his jacket and for sure we had some safety backup plans! Still, it was a pretty risky event. Finally, I got the shot I’d been dreaming about all these years. Later, in August 2014 TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine published this photo on its cover. That was another dream come true. BiographyI was born in Kamchatka, in the far east of Russia. I was one of the first snowboarders there and after a while I created the Kamchatka Snowboard Association with some friends. This organization literally changed the life for many young and modern people on our peninsula. We organized many different events, contests, filmed the first Russian snowboard video – ‘White Trails’, and did photo shoots with local professional photographers. With incredibly beautiful Kamchatka’s nature and with these shoots, I started to think about having my own camera. We also started to organize the first heliski and heliboarding riding for ourselves and for our friends on our local volcanoes from 1995.This activity later formed the basis of what I do today – as a heliski guide with my company Helipro. From 2002 we have organized many trips into all the major places where heliskiing exists around the world. I had my camera from the first trip and it helps to create a new format of heliski trips. Now our clients return home not only with great feelings but also a bunch of professional photos and videos. Our company has worked with most of the major film studios and companies like Brainfarm, Pirates Movie Production, Red Bull, Burton and Yes Snowboards. I really love to shoot sport, nature, travel, timelapses, panoramas, and 360s.